|on the rim of House Mountain volcano|
|Turkey Creek Trail|
LENGTH: 7 miles out-and-back
ELEVATION: 4,000 – 5,100 feet
DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 125 miles one-way
FEE: a Red Rock Pass is required---$5 daily fee per vehicle.
GETTING THERE: From Phoenix, go north on I-17 to the Sedona exit 298—located just north of Camp Verde. Turn left and follow AZ 179 to Verde Valley School Road---this turnoff (part of a traffic circle) will be on the left past milepost 306---the street sign is difficult to see when traveling north. Go west on Verde Valley School Road 4 miles to Forest Road 9216B where there’s a sign for Turkey Creek trailhead. From here, the road degrades from decent dirt to a rut-and-pot-hole riddled mess. However, just before the road turns bad, there’s a small parking area for those driving low-slung sedans. Park here and hike another half-mile to the signed trailhead. Those with high-clearance vehicles may opt to drive this miserable last half-mile to the parking circle.
INFORMATION: Red Rock Ranger District, http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recreation/red_rock/turkey-creek-tr.shtml